KNL Stock: Over 25% Increase Pre-Market Explanation

By Amit Chowdhry ● April 19, 2021
  • The stock price of Knoll Inc (NYSE: KNL) increased by over 25% pre-market. This is why it happened.

The stock price of Knoll Inc (NYSE: KNL) increased by over 25% pre-market. Investors are responding positively to Herman Miller, Inc. (NASDAQ: MLHR) and Knoll Inc. (NYSE: KNL) announcing that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Herman Miller will acquire Knoll in a cash and stock transaction valued at $1.8 billion. The deal, which has been unanimously approved by the Boards of Directors of both companies, is expected to close by the end of the third quarter of calendar year 2021, subject to the satisfaction of closing conditions.

Under the terms of the deal, Knoll shareholders will receive $11 in cash and 0.32 shares of Herman Miller common stock for each share of Knoll common stock they own. And based on Herman Miller’s five-day volume weighted average price of $43.94 per share, the deal terms imply a purchase price of $25.06 per share, representing a 45% premium to Knoll’s closing share price on April 16, 2021. Upon the completion of the deal, Herman Miller shareholders will own approximately 78% of the combined company and Knoll shareholders will own approximately 22%.

In connection with the closing of the deal, Herman Miller will purchase all of the outstanding shares of Knoll’s preferred stock from Investindustrial VII L.P. for a fixed cash consideration of $253 million, representing an equivalent price of $25.06 for each underlying share of Knoll common stock. Investindustrial had entered into a voting agreement to vote in favor of the transaction at the special meeting of Knoll shareholders to be held in connection with the transaction.

This highly complementary combination will create the preeminent leader in modern design and catalyzing the transformation of the home and office sectors at a time of unprecedented disruption. Herman Miller and Knoll collectively have 19 leading brands, presence across over 100 countries worldwide, a global dealer network, 64 showrooms globally, more than 50 physical retail locations and global multi-channel e-commerce capabilities. The combined company will have pro forma annual revenue of approximately $3.6 billion and pro forma adjusted EBITDA of approximately $552 million, based on each company’s respective last reported 12 months and including the anticipated $100 million of cost synergies, implying adjusted EBITDA margins of approximately 16%.

KEY QUOTES:

“This transaction brings together two pioneering icons of design with strong businesses, attractive portfolios and long histories of innovation. As distributed working models become the new normal for companies, businesses are reimagining the office to foster collaboration, culture and focused work, while supporting a growing remote employee base. At the same time, consumers are making significant investments in their homes. With a broad portfolio, global footprint and advanced digital capabilities, we will be poised to meet our customers everywhere they live and work. Together, we will offer a deep portfolio of brands, technology, talent and innovation, to create meaningful growth opportunities in all areas of the combined business.”

“In addition to driving value for Herman Miller and Knoll shareholders, dealers and customers will benefit from a broader combined portfolio that will deliver beauty, joy, efficiency and utility. The transaction will also create enhanced opportunities for employees across both organizations. Herman Miller and Knoll both have cultures guided by values that support problem-solving design, and doing well by doing good, and these shared beliefs will contribute to a smooth integration.”

— Andi Owen, President and Chief Executive Officer of Herman Miller

“This combination validates the strategic direction and our success in building a preeminent constellation of design-driven brands and leaders, and is a testament to the achievements of the entire Knoll team in bringing a contemporary perspective to how we work and live. We believe this combination offers significant benefits to our shareholders, clients, dealers and associates. Our shareholders will receive immediate and certain value, as well as future upside potential through ownership in an industry leader with significant growth opportunities. Our clients, the design community and dealers will have access to an expanded, exceptional portfolio of brands through enhanced channels. And our associates will benefit as part of a larger and more diversified company with a shared design legacy.”

— Andrew Cogan, Knoll Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

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